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April 1947


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(4):548. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520040117013

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To the Editor:—  Regarding angiomas of the scrotum (angiokeratoma, Fordyce), Robinson and Tasker (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.54:667-674 [Dec.] 1946) concluded that their "reported case is the first in which angiomas of the tongue were associated with those of the scrotum..." I call attention to a statement I (Sutton, R. L., and Sutton, R. L., Jr.: Diseases of the Skin, ed. 10, St. Louis, C. V. Mosby Company, 1939, p. 668) published in 1939, that "in all such cases seen by the junior author, the tongue showed beneath it and along its border the telangiectases which characterize Osler's disease, one manifestation of which vascular anomaly we believe scrotal angiokeratoma to be." That sentence ought by now to be revised to read, "In several such cases..."I hesitantly claim priority for my observation, which—if Robinson and Tasker saw it—was not, they could correctly rebut, a formal report of a case.

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